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  • Medieval and Farther Back

    30 20.69%
  • Renaissance

    19 13.10%
  • Early Baroque

    18 12.41%
  • Late Baroque

    12 8.28%
  • Classical

    38 26.21%
  • Early Romantic

    15 10.34%
  • Late Romantic

    11 7.59%
  • Early 20th Century

    8 5.52%
  • Late 20th Century/Early 21st Century

    48 33.10%
  • None of the Above

    29 20.00%
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Thread: Most Boring Era

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    Default Most Boring Era

    As we know which Eras people here tend to like the most. It would be interesting to see which Era people aren't huge about. Prefer the most selection as 3.

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    I voted for none of the above.
    Finding something boring is just a projection of an unwillingness to engage.
    Last edited by Jeremy Marchant; Aug-06-2012 at 08:57. Reason: typo - I meant unwillingness of course!

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    Boring is a strong word. I find good music in all the era's, but some era's got lesser good music in my ears than others.
    "That as s."

    - Mark Twain

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    Well least favorite then. Whichever you prefer to call it.

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    Hmmmmm ... a contradiction in terms between most boring and least favourite. The former suggests a disliking / lack of listening pleasure, while the latter could suggest enjoyment out of listening but it happens to be relatively less than others.

    I selected Late 20th Century/Early 21st Century as a least favourite, not as most boring.
    All composers are equal but some are more equal than others.

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    I voted the same way as Harpsichord for the same reasons. Even though I like the period I feel with all today's 21st century composers have their disposal things are lacklustre at the moment at least in my opinion.

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    Despite my poll for Renaissance a couple weeks, I have not enjoyed any of that music. It wasn't until Monteverdi's music that made it tolerable. Though still far away from the late Baroque, I still enjoy some Early Baroque. And Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, and Wagner are some of my least favorite Composers that made it big as people already know. That sticks out as boring to me. Dvorak and Tchaikovksy make the Late Romantic somewhat enjoyable to me. So I left that one out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenfer View Post
    I voted the same way as Harpsichord for the same reasons. Even though I like the period I feel with all today's 21st century composers have their disposal things are lacklustre at the moment at least in my opinion.
    Just wait till you hear some of my music

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    Gotta go with the Classical period. Plenty of great music from that period, but by far the most bland, formulaic period overall.

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    'None of the above' was my choice, I think by default.

    By my choice I mean I dislike (or find boring) most things that get too formulaic, academic and cliched. Also rehash. & most things I call 'music on steroids.'

    But these can just about come from any period.

    I won't go into detail about what those are, in any case I've said them plenty of times in the past. I will dutifully self censor due to various people liable to jump on me for pulling down what they see as (their) sacred cows. So ******** to that, basically.
    Last edited by Sid James; Aug-06-2012 at 04:35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurningDesire View Post
    Gotta go with the Classical period. Plenty of great music from that period, but by far the most bland, formulaic period overall.
    Don't forget about Beethoven, Haydn, CPE Bach, and Stamitz. That was enough for me to not put it as one of my 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurningDesire View Post
    Gotta go with the Classical period. Plenty of great music from that period, but by far the most bland, formulaic period overall.
    I won't comment on if I agree fully with you or not (Stalinist Russia's censorship working here?).

    Anyway, you are right in the sense that music at that time was primarily for entertainment of aristocracy. There were flashes in the pan of some trends for greater depth - eg. the brief 'sturm und drang' period when some of C.P.E. Bach's, Mozart's and Haydn's finest symphonies, for example, where penned. But the minor keys apart from that were avoided in this era - only about 10-15% of music of that time was in the minor key - so you had mostly light or lighter type mood music. However, I like that music, I am just saying there is a 'sameness' there, definitely, for good or worse. Boils down to how much one likes that music or era, as with any, basically. But the minor keys where only to come to the fore with Beethoven and after, and I think that meant a lot to the development of emotional expression in music.
    Last edited by Sid James; Aug-06-2012 at 04:41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neoshredder View Post
    Don't forget about Beethoven, Haydn, CPE Bach, and Stamitz. That was enough for me to not put it as one of my 3.
    I'm going with the majority of the output, Haydn is definitely outstanding, as are some of Wolfgang Mozart's works. Beethoven is a Romantic, so I don't count him in with that lot :P same with Franz Schubert. (I am aware some people place them both within the classical period, and they are quite free to continue being wrong :3)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sid James View Post
    I won't comment on if I agree fully with you or not (Stalinist Russia's censorship working here?).

    Anyway, you are right in the sense that music at that time was primarily for entertainment of aristocracy. There were flashes in the pan of some trends for greater depth - eg. the brief 'sturm und drang' period when some of C.P.E. Bach's, Mozart's and Haydn's finest symphonies, for example, where penned. But the minor keys apart from that were avoided in this era - only about 10-15% of music of that time was in the minor key - so you had mostly light or lighter type mood music. However, I like that music, I am just saying there is a 'sameness' there, definitely, for good or worse. Boils down to how much one likes that music or era, as with any, basically. But the minor keys where only to come to the fore with Beethoven and after, and I think that meant a lot to the development of emotional expression in music.
    There's lots of great music from that period. I don't hate it, but it can be quite boring to sit through lots of it, with the exceptions of some outstanding works. I just prefer other periods which tend to not sound so samey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurningDesire View Post
    There's lots of great music from that period. I don't hate it, but it can be quite boring to sit through lots of it, with the exceptions of some outstanding works.....
    Yeah well I'm similar, I quite like a number of those composers - the big names like Haydn, Boccherini, Mozart - have appealed to me overall. But I don't listen to them too much, or not too much at once. It becomes then like ear candy and for me I only take it in on a superficial level. So I take the 'less is more' approach with them, even more than I do for other composers/eras.

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